India offers all possible assistance to Myanmar

New Delhi [India]: External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj called on Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi here on Tuesday and offered all possible assistance from India in keeping with latter’s priorities.

The two leaders discussed the manner in which India could support Myanmar’s agenda of national reconciliation, socio-economic development and strengthening democracy. The State Counsellor outlined her priorities in the areas of agriculture, training, capacity building, job creation, infrastructure and health care, and sought India’s assistance in these areas. Upon which, Swaraj assured her of all possible assistance from India, said sources with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Swaraj also conveyed condolences on behalf of the people of India at the recent terrorist attacks in Rakhine state, in which many policemen and army personnel lost their lives, besides her condolences at the loss of lives in the recent ferry accident on the Chindwin river.

Aung San Suu Kyi later called on President Pranab Mukherjee, who congratulated her on her party’s (the National League for Democracy) victory in the General Elections last year and complimented her on the role that she has played in Myanmar’s path to democracy, said MEA sources.

He recalled the discussions during the recent visit of Myanmar President. U Htin Kyaw to India in August, and conveyed India’s whole-hearted support to the Myanmar Government in its efforts to live up to the expectations of the people of their nation.

The President also referred to India’s rich experience in building a federal nation state, taking into account the ethnic and linguistic diversities of its people and offered any assistance desired by the Government of Myanmar in this regard, said MEA sources.

President also hosted a private lunch for the State Counsellor at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. (ANI)